Can I transfer my frequent flyer points or miles to another program?

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frequent-flyerFrom Qantas and Emirates to Virgin Australia and Singapore Airlines, discover how you can earn and redeem rewards with more than one airline.

Frequent flyer programs are becoming increasingly popular as airlines try to attract frequent customers and reward them for their loyalty. While this offers a wide range of benefits to customers, some frequent flyers find themselves wondering if it’s possible to transfer their reward points to another airline’s frequent flyer program to take advantage of a particular flight or reward.

Unfortunately, it’s not possible to transfer your points from one frequent flyer program to another because different programs have different terms and conditions surrounding how you earn points and what they can be spent on. However, it is possible to redeem your frequent flyer points for flights and rewards with another airline if it happens to be a ‘partner airline’ of your chosen flight provider.

Many of the world’s most popular airlines form partnerships with other airlines to offer flight networks that span the globe. They also allow customers to enjoy frequent flyer member benefits across a host of partner airlines, including redeeming their frequent flyer points for tickets on codeshare flights, which is where two or more airlines share the same flight.

Under some programs it’s also possible to earn tier miles when flying with partner airlines, allowing you to reach higher levels of membership in your frequent flyer program.

How to redeem and earn frequent flyer points with other airlines

While it’s not always possible to transfer frequent flyer points to another program, some airlines allow you to redeem your points for flights and other rewards with ‘partner airlines’.

Take a look at the frequent flyer programs and airline partnerships provided by some of the world’s most popular airlines.

American Airlines

American Airlines’ AAdvantage program allows members to earn frequent flyer files on flights and with more than 1,000 partners. As this company is a member of the oneworld Alliance, you can also earn points on codeshare flights with airberlin, US Airways, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, LAN Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas Airways, Qatar Airways, Royal Jordanian Airlines and TAM Airlines. AAdvantage members can also earn tier miles with all of these airlines, allowing you to reach a higher level of membership sooner.

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Lufthansa

Lufthansa’s frequent flyer program is called Miles & More, and it allows customers to earn points by booking flights, hotels, car rental and in a range of other ways. Lufthansa is a member of the Star Alliance, perhaps the best-known airline alliance in the world, so it offers codeshare flights through a number of airlines. Miles & More members can earn award miles (which are like regular frequent flyer miles), status miles (which determine your membership status and are also counted as award miles) and HON Circle miles (only available to the top-tier members) when they fly with Lufthansa’s partner airlines:

  • Adria Airways. Earn award miles, status miles and HON Circle miles.
  • Aegean Airlines. Earn award miles and status miles.
  • Air Astana. Earn award miles.
  • Air Canada. Earn award miles and status miles.
  • Air China. Earn award miles and status miles.
  • Air Dolomiti. Earn award miles, status miles and HON Circle miles.
  • Air India. Earn award miles and status miles.
  • Air Malta. Earn award miles.
  • Air New Zealand. Earn award miles and status miles.
  • ANA. Earn award miles and status miles.
  • Asiana Airlines. Earn award miles and status miles.
  • Austrian Airlines. Earn award miles, status miles and HON Circle miles.
  • Avianca TACA Airlines. Earn award miles and status miles.
  • Brussels Airlines. Earn award miles, status miles and HON Circle miles.
  • Condor. Earn award miles.
  • Copa Airlines. Earn award miles and status miles.
  • Croatia Airlines. Earn award miles, status miles and HON Circle miles.
  • EgyptAir. Earn award miles and status miles.
  • Ethiopian Airlines. Earn award miles and status miles.
  • EVA Air. Earn award miles and status miles.
  • Germanwings. Earn award miles, status miles and HON Circle miles.
  • Jet Airways. Earn award miles.
  • LOT Polish Airlines. Earn award miles, status miles and HON Circle miles.
  • Luxair. Earn award miles, status miles and HON Circle miles.
  • SAS. Earn award miles and status miles.
  • Shenzhen Airlines. Earn award miles and status miles.
  • Singapore Airlines. Earn award miles and status miles.
  • South Africa Airways. Earn award miles and status miles.
  • Swiss International Air Lines. Earn award miles, status miles and HON Circle miles.
  • TAM. Earn award miles.
  • TAP Portugal. Earn award miles and status miles.
  • Thai Airways. Earn award miles and status miles.
  • Turkish Airlines. Earn award miles and status miles.
  • United. Earn award miles and status miles.
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Virgin Australia

Virgin Australia’s Velocity Frequent Flyer program offers a wide range of benefits to members. Virgin offers codeshare flights with a number of respected partner airlines around the world, offering flights to a large number of destinations all over the globe and allowing members to earn tier miles when they fly. Partner airlines include Air New Zealand, Delta Air Lines, Etihad Airways, Singapore Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Virgin America and Hawaiian Airlines.

Earn more points with Virgin Velocity.

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Cathay Pacific

A member of the oneworld global airline alliance, Cathay Pacific has strong partnerships with several of the world’s most popular airlines. The members of this alliance are listed in the American Airlines profile above. Its Marco Polo Club allows you to earn tier miles on the flights of any oneworld airline partners. In addition, Cathay Pacific also has codeshare agreements in place with Air China, Air Seychelles, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Bangkok Airways, British Airways, Comair, Dragonair, Fiji Airways, Finnair, Flybe, Japan Airlines, LAN Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Philippine Airlines, Qatar Airways, SNCF, S7 Airlines, Vietnam Airlines and WestJet.

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Etihad

Etihad Guest is the membership program of Etihad Airways, allowing members to earn Etihad Guest Miles every time they fly with Etihad or with a partner airline. Customers can earn tier miles when they fly with airberlin, Air New Zealand, Alitalia, All Nippon Airways, American Airlines, Asiana Airlines, Bangkok Airways, Brussels Airlines, Czech Airlines, Flybe, Garuda Indonesia, GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes, Hainan Airlines, Jet Airways, Korean Air, Malaysia Airlines, Oman Air, Philippine Airlines, Royal Air Maroc, South African Airways, SriLankan Airlines, Ukraine International Airlines and Virgin Australia.

In addition, Etihad offers codeshare flights with Aegean Airlines, Aerolineas Argentinas, Air Canada, Air Europa, Air France, Air New Zealand, All Nippon Airways, American Airlines, Czech Airlines, Garuda Indonesia, Hong Kong Airlines, KLM, Korean Air, Malaysia Airlines, Vietnam Airlines and more.

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Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines’ frequent flyer program is known as KrisFlyer and it allows customers to earn miles for booking flights and for shopping with a number of retail partners. As Singapore Airlines is a member of the Star Alliance, KrisFlyer members can earn tier miles on the following partner airlines: Adria, Aegean, Air Canada, Air China, Air India, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Avianca, Brussels Airlines, Copa Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EgyptAir, EVA Air, Ethiopian Airlines, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, Swiss, TAP Portugal, Thai Airways, Turkish Airlines and United. However, keep in mind that only some booking classes are eligible for mileage accrual.

KrisFlyer members can also take advantage of codeshare flights with airlines like Air Canada, Air New Zealand, Garuda Indonesia, Lufthansa, Malaysia Airlines, Virgin Australia and many more.

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Qantas

The Qantas Frequent Flyer program is the best-known airline rewards scheme in Australia, offering an array of benefits and discounts to its members. In addition to earning miles on Qantas flights, you can earn Qantas Points when you take an eligible flight on oneworld alliance member airlines airberlin, American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Dragonair, Finnair, Iberia, JAL (Japan Airlines), LAN, TAM Linhas Aereas, Malaysia Airlines, Qatar Airways, Royal Jordanian Airlines, S7 and SriLankan Airlines. Members can also enjoy a host of in-flight benefits depending on their member status, while Qantas also has codeshare agreements in place with airlines like American Airlines, British Airways, Finnair, Japan Airlines, Alitalia, Jetstar, Emirates and more.

Earn more points with Qantas.

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Emirates

The Emirates Skywards program allows its members to earn Skywards Miles that can be redeemed for flights and other travel benefits. You can also earn miles when you fly with partner airlines including Alaska Airlines, Japan Airlines, Jet Airways, JetBlue, Jetstar, Korean Air, Qantas, S7 Airlines, South African Airways, TAP Portugal and Virgin America. While you can’t earn miles on EasyJet flights, you can redeem your miles with this budget carrier.

In addition, Emirates offers codeshare flights with the following carriers:

  • Air Malta
  • Air Mauritius
  • Japan Airlines
  • Jet Airways
  • JetBlue Airways
  • Jetstar Airways
  • Jetstar Asia
  • Korean Air
  • Oman Air
  • Philippine Airlines
  • Qantas
  • South African Airways
  • TAP Portugal
  • Thai Airways International
  • Valuair
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Delta Air Lines

American carrier Delta Air Lines runs its SkyMiles program to offer rewards to frequent flyers. It has partnered with a number of airlines around the world to make it easier for customers to earn miles. Top-level partner airlines that allow you to earn tier membership miles include Aeromexico, Alaska Airlines, Air France, Alitalia, GOL, KLM, Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Australia. A number of other partner airlines also allow you to earn SkyMiles but at a lower rate, with lower-level partners including carriers like Aeroflot, Kenya Airways, China Airlines and Garuda Indonesia.

It’s also worth mentioning that members can also take advantage of points-earning opportunities through Delta’s codeshare agreements with airlines like Hawaiian Airlines, Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Australia.

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United Airlines

United Airlines’ frequent flyer scheme is known as the MileagePlus program. As well as flights with United, members can earn miles on flights with the carrier’s partner airlines to more than 1,100 destinations around the world. MileagePlus miles can be earnt and used on any Star Alliance airline, including Adria, Aegean, Air Canada, Air China, Air India, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Avianca, Brussels Airlines, Copa Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EgyptAir, Ethiopian Airlines, EVA Air, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, Swiss, TAP Portugal, Thai Airways and Turkish Airlines. Codeshare agreements are also in place with all Star Alliance members, as well as with other provides like Bulgaria Air and TAM Airlines.

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169 Responses to Can I transfer my frequent flyer points or miles to another program?

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    Robyn | November 30, 2016

    My Emerites flyer points expire in two days. Can I transfer to QANTAS airlines and use?

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      Anndy | November 30, 2016

      Hi Robyn,

      Thanks for your question.

      Unfortunately, you can’t transfer your Emirates miles to Qantas Frequent Flyer Program.

      While your Emirates Skywards Miles must be redeemed before the expiration date, you may want to consider using them to book a reward ticket that is valid for up to 12 months. This way, your miles will not be wasted.

      Cheers,
      Anndy

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    Owen | November 30, 2016

    Is it possible to convert Thai airways mileage from multiple family members into one family member account in Krisflyer program or Velocity program?

    • Staff
      Anndy | November 30, 2016

      Hi Owen,

      Thanks for your question.

      With Royal Orchid Plus, you can redeem Awards for friends, family or any other person after he or she has been included as your Award Nominee. However, I can’t find any option for family points pooling or transfer of points from one person to another on Royal Orchid website. I’ve also read in several forums that Royal Orchid does not allow family members to pool points. You can get in touch with Royal Orchid to confirm this,

      Also, it’s not possible to transfer points from Royal Orchid to other programs such as Krisflyer or Velocity.

      Cheers,
      Anndy

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    Evan | November 24, 2016

    Hi Anne, it is possible for me to utilize my Qantas frequent flyer points with Singapore airlines? or use my points and pay?or upgrade?, you must be asked this question a million times.

    regards Evan.

    • Staff
      Anndy | November 25, 2016

      Hi Evan,

      Thanks for your question.

      Unfortunately, you can’t redeem your Qantas points for Singapore airlines flights.

      Please refer to this page to know where you can redeem your Qantas Points for.

      Cheers,
      Anndy

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    Anne | November 23, 2016

    How do I transfer my Krisflyer Miles to Virgin Atlantic?

    • Staff
      Jason | November 24, 2016

      Hi Anne,

      Thank you for your enquiry.

      Please click this link for instructions on how to transfer points between Krisflyer program and Velocity frequent flyer program. Please note that Virgin Atlantic have Flying Club program but you can still redeem flights from Virgin Atlantic using Velocity points since they are both under the Virgin brand. You should have both Krisflyer and Velocity accounts to be able to link these two frequent flyer programs and to be able to exchange points.

      Cheers,
      Jason

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    Louise | November 23, 2016

    Hi is it possible to transfer air miles from Qatar to Qantas

    • Staff
      Harold | November 23, 2016

      Hello Louise,

      Thank you for your inquiry.

      You may want to check this article for your guide and reference.

      I hope this information has helped.

      Cheers,
      Harold

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    Scott | November 21, 2016

    Can I transfer Emirates miles to Qantas frequent flyer points?

    • Staff
      Anndy | November 21, 2016

      Hi Scott,

      Thanks for your question.

      Unfortunately, you can’t transfer your points from Emirates to Qantas or to any other frequent flyer program. However, there are many ways on how you can redeem your Emirates points. You can refer to this link for more information.

      Cheers,
      Anndy

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    Anne | November 19, 2016

    Can I transfer Hawaiian Miles to Qantas F/F program?

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      Jason | November 19, 2016

      Hi Anne,

      Thank you for your enquiry.

      Unfortunately, you may not transfer Hawaiian Miles to Qantas Frequent Flyer program since Hawaiian Airlines is not in partnership with Qantas. You may redeem flights or earn Hawaiian Miles with partner airlines like Nippon Airways, Korean Air, JetBlue, and Virgin America, Atlantic and Australia. You may earn Hawaiian Miles with China Airlines too but you can’t redeem flights from them.

      Cheers,
      Jason

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    Marco | November 13, 2016

    Is it possible to transfer British Airways Avios to either Emirates Skywards or Qantas FF?

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      Sally | November 14, 2016

      Hi Marco,

      Thanks for your question.

      Unfortunately, you can’t directly transfer your British Airways Avios to Emirates Skywards Miles or Qantas Frequent Flyer Points. However, you can redeem your Avios for flights with Qantas. Unfortunately, Emirates doesn’t belong to the oneworld Alliance, so you can’t redeem your Avios miles with them.

      Cheers,

      Sally

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    kim | October 27, 2016

    Hi, I have booked Emirates flights to the UK and back with my husband and three children. Do I need to join Emirates skywards program or can i just give them my Qantas Frequent Flyer number to earn Qantas points for the journey? Do the children’s flights count as well?

    • Staff
      May | November 1, 2016

      Hi Kim,

      Thank you for your inquiry.

      In order for you to earn Qantas points for your Emirates flights, you will have to book your tickets for eligible flights directly through the Qantas website by logging into your account. The total number of points you earn depends on how far you travel, your cabin class and your membership level.

      You can only earn Qantas Points for flights and other qualifying transactions in your name. Each family member will need to have their own membership to earn Qantas Points.

      Cheers,
      May

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    Lyn | October 16, 2016

    Hi my sister who lives in England has some flyer points she want to transfer over to me as she can no longer travel due to ill health, we are both frequent flyer members and am wondering if this can be done if so and how

    Regards Lyn

    • Staff
      Sally | October 17, 2016

      Hi Lyn,

      Thanks for your question and we’re sorry to hear that your sister isn’t doing well.

      Whether you can transfer points to one another will depend on which frequent flyer program you’re with (e.g. are you with Qantas Frequent Flyer or maybe the British Airways Executive Guest program?). If you could please confirm this information, we should be able to provide you with more assistance.

      Cheers,

      Sally

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